Chris is the Founder and Director of NC Policy Watch – a progressive public policy think tank that is a special project of the N.C. Justice Center. Fitzsimon writes the daily Fitzsimon File, delivers a daily radio commentary that is broadcast statewide on the North Carolina News Network, and hosts News and Views, a weekly radio news magazine that also airs on the network stations.
Prior to NC Policy Watch, Fitzsimon served as the spokesman of the Campaign to Protect America’s Lands, a national, nonpartisan advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C. Before heading to Washington, Fitzsimon was the Founder and for nine years the Executive Director of the Common Sense Foundation in Raleigh, North Carolina. Chris was an award-winning television news reporter for nine years, including four years at North Carolina Public Television and three years at WRAL-TV in Raleigh, where he covered government and politics.
In 1991 he left WRAL to become Special Assistant for Policy and Communications for House Speaker Dan Blue. Fitzsimon has a B.A. in Journalism from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.